In Memoriam

Dr. Arthur S. Besser


Arthur S. Besser, MD, pediatric surgeon and longtime Macon, GA resident, died from complications after a nearly year-long illness in May. In a long academic career, he last held the post of associate professor of surgery at Mercer University School of Medicine and chief of pediatric surgery at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Dr Besser grew up in the Cleveland area. A graduate of Ohio State University (B.S. 1957) and the Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia (M.D. 1961), he trained in surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland from 1961 - 1967. He served in the armed forces during his training as captain in at the Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah from 1963 - 1965. He then practiced in the Chicago area on the staffs of Lutheran General, Northwest Suburban and Cook County Hospitals. He trained in pediatric surgery under Ovar Swenson at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 1972. He then practiced at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and later in private practice in Las Vegas before moving to Macon.

He is remembered as having exacting professional standards and being devoted to the art and craft of pediatric surgery. Even in difficult situations, he held firm, motivated to always benefit his patients and families.

He was laid to rest at the Sha'arey Israel Cemetery in Macon, Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or officiating. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Carol; his brother Howard and his wife Barbara; his son Daniel and his wife Anne Cucchiara-Besser; his son David; and his daughter Deborah Oliner and her husband Henry. He had three grandchildren: Russell and Victoria Cucchiara-Besser and Natalie Oliner.